Seafarers' Centre of the Year 2016


Stella Maris, Barcelona

Stella Maris, Barcelona – Spain

Providing a warm and friendly welcome, Stella Maris Barcelona offers various welfare services to seafarers from a main site and also an office in one of the cruise ship terminals. With ship visits Monday until Saturday, a free bus service to and from port, and a wide range of services located in the main site, plus day trips and excursions, Stella Maris Barcelona tries to make seafarers' time ashore productive and relaxing. They have accommodation for up to 32 seafarers, providing some time to rest and recuperate on shore.

Visiting about 2000 ships a year, the centre takes news, maps and other assistance information to the seafarers. The centre ensures that seafarers know where to access facilities whether they are coming from the centre or the port.

Opening from 8am until 11pm and also offering religious support to all faiths as well as legal advice; staff at the centre do everything within their power to address any problems seafarers visiting them may be facing. The centre maintains a sailing chaplains program and as part of this embarks priests on board cruise ships for 25-30 weeks per year

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